Trump's birther baloney

Posted June 3, 2012

— Donald Trump spoke to the N.C. Republican Party's state convention on Friday and once again raised the "birther" issue. For those who may have missed all this nonsense of the past four years, the birthers claim that President Barack Obama was born somewhere other than Hawaii - most of them say Kenya.

This claim has risen, been proved false, and faded several times over the past few years, but never seems to quite go away.  

Trump, the bombastic real estate mogul and one-time GOP presidential contender, is the latest to draw attention to these claims. In Greensboro, he called on the president to release his college transcripts so that everyone could inspect what he put down for "place of birth" on the forms.

"There is one line called place of birth, I’d like to see what he said....Perhaps it’s going to say Hawaii, perhaps it’s going to say Kenya," several news outlets reported him saying.

It's worth noting that an Arizona official just apologized for the embarrassment he caused his state by asking Hawaii for proof of the president's birth. Hawaii obliged, by the way, but not before a bit of e-mail fun with the folks in Arizona.

There have also been North Carolina Congressional candidates who backed off birther claims during the May primary. 

Really, the only thing you need to know about this controversy is that PolitiFact, which has won a Pulitzer Prize for fact checking, and FactCheck.org have repeatedly addressed this non-issue. FactCheck has even been kind enough to post a copy of Obama's certificate of live birth

Given what we know and have seen, no credible news source or mainstream politician is seriously questioning the whether the president is actually a U.S. citizen or not. That question has been asked, answered and is now verging on silly. 

The thing that's keeping Trump in the spotlight is that Romney is embracing him as a friend of the campaign and allowing "The Donald's" claims to step all over his messaging. This is becoming less a question for Trump to answer and one for Romney, as CNN reported:

Asked on his charter plane Monday night whether Trump's questioning of Obama's birthplace gave him pause, Romney said he was grateful for all his supporters.

"You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," Romney said. "But I need to get 50.1% or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people."

Romney has said in the past that he firmly believes Obama was born in Hawaii, and is thus constitutionally eligible to be president.


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  • Danny22 Jun 4, 2012

    There are a lot of strange things about Obama's background like his own bio listing his birthplace as Kenya, conveniently changed after 17 yrs during his 2007 campaign. Then there are issues about his birth certicate which aren't like others of that time. Then there is the Connecticut social security number that Obama says is a clerical error. Hmmm...

  • Come On_Seriously Jun 4, 2012

    Hah! Some folks would rather believe anything conspiratorial that is anti-Obama rather than a continuing preponderance of legal evidence to the contrary. Pretty entertaining that this is what they choose to focus on!

  • driverkid3 Jun 4, 2012

    tracysplace2002, you can mold the truth in solid 24 carat gold, decorate it with diamonds and people are still going to laugh at you. It is frustrating that you can't get people to listen and/or understand. My dog has understands this better than most people do, and that is downright pitiful!

    I don't know for a fact, but I tend to beleive that obama is NOT a natural born citizen, and I know the truth is going to come out sooner than later. I just hope that I am alive to see the embarrasment that these obamabots are experiencing, and I hope this man ends up in prison for the rest of his life.

  • KenyanBornObama Jun 4, 2012

    The bill then went to the House where Representative John Bingham (author of the "future" 14th amendment), confirms the understanding and construction the framers used in regards to birthright and jurisdiction while speaking on civil rights of citizens in the House on March 9, 1866, in regards to Trumbull's amendment to the bill:
    "I find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of PARENTS NOT OWING ALLEGIANCE TO ANY FOREIGN SOVEREIGNTY is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN"

  • KenyanBornObama Jun 4, 2012

    1862 Representative John Bingham, author of the 14th Amendment (Cong. Globe, 37th Congress, 2nd Session, pg 1639):
    “All from other lands, who by the terms of [congressional] laws and a compliance with their provisions become naturalized, are adopted citizens of the United States; all other persons born within the Republic, of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty, are natural born citizens. Gentleman can find no exception to this statement touching natural-born citizens except what is said in the Constitution relating to Indians.”

    The Civil Rights Act of 1866 failed to pass in the Senate until Lyman Trumbull proposed an amendment to the bill adding the words "That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States;"

  • KenyanBornObama Jun 3, 2012

    Is truth one of your polict guidelines?

  • KenyanBornObama Jun 3, 2012

    Talk about embarassment!

    Why doesn't the media research the facts? It's ridiculous that your job is to get to the truth and you people won't even try. Wake up and do your job!

    You are wrong and making fools of yourself and it will be hysterical when the whole truth comes out!

    Wake up and smell the facts!

    Obama literary agent claims Obama was Kenyan-born ~ Now DOZENS more articles confirm the same!

    2012 Vetting Obama: 100% proof Obama is a USURPER ~ 100% sourced w/govt documents
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1DHZmeMXyE 2012 Vetting Obama ~ Kenyan Parliament ADMITS Obama is NOT a Native American http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_8PC3oKAvA 2012 Vetting Obama NEW EVIDENCE on Obama's Birth Place ~ Is this the REAL Certificate? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lar_bth5NOI 2012 Vetting Obama: BARRY SOETORO ILLEGAL PRESIDENT ~100% SOURCED W/ GOVT DOCUMENTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTnJDuVNifQ